Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

November 22, 2013

Dark chocolate, as of late has become very popular with dieters. It has slowly, but steadily transitioned into an acceptable snack for wannabe healthy eaters. Chocolate’s reputation is on the rise, as a growing number of studies suggest that it can have numerous health benefits. Scientists have clinically proven that consuming polyphenol rich dark chocolate can […]

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Food Addiction

November 15, 2013

We seem to be addicted to everything these days: phones, a television show, shopping … and junk food. There is, of course, a vast difference between serious clinical addiction and figure-of-speech addiction (“I’m totally addicted to the Starbucks coffee at the moment”). Of course we need food to live, but can we become dependent on […]

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Who’s to Blame for Child Obesity?

November 8, 2013

Last week I was disgusted to learn about one woman’s plan to pass out a fat-shaming letter to trick-or-treaters she feels are “moderately obese.”

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Color Coding Food Choices

October 21, 2013

The obesity epidemic in the United States is a public health issue that has been discussed extensively over the last few years. Tackling this issue has been difficult because there is no single cause of obesity. It seems that part of the problem for many people is the quantity/quality of the food we eat. Following […]

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Want to Lose Weight? Try Living with Someone Thinner!

October 14, 2013

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” but it seems that study results published in Science last month may add a small caveat. Based on observations in mice, it might be that who you live with plays a role in weight gain. Your housemate might affect your metabolism in a positive way […]

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Can Toking Up Help Pot Smokers Slim Down?

October 11, 2013

Never mind fitness apps and portion control–a new report published in the American Journal of Medicine concluded that marijuana may help users stay slim and reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Researchers from the University of Nebraska, Harvard, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of over 4,600 adult […]

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Diet Soda and Weight

October 1, 2013

Recent studies have looked at the effects of diet beverages on weight, with varied results. The seemingly counterintuitive studies are the ones that indicate weight gain associated with drinking diet beverages, since the name “diet” in and of itself suggests losing weight. Most of the studies on the topic have examined patterns over time in […]

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Got milk? Dunking into the truth behind child milk consumption and obesity

March 21, 2013

While we may think that it is healthier for toddlers to be drinking skim or 1% milk, it may actually prove to be more protective against obesity if they are sipping on a bottle of the higher fat-containing 2% or whole milk. Wait, really?!… I have recently come across a few articles in the news that […]

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Late-night snacking: The tease that doesn’t always please

February 28, 2013

It is the night before an exam. Midnight is quickly approaching and the nerves are starting to settle in. As you reach to grab your calculator you hear your stomach grumble and realize that your mind has wandered – you are wishing that your calculator were actually a late-night snack. How could six hours have […]

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The High Cost of Drinking

February 23, 2013

It’s been 12 hours since my last drink. I was at a family gathering, when I saw a 48 pack on the floor, barely touched. Waiting. Just for me. I’ll admit, I snuck one in my purse. I don’t remember when I started drinking – at least 15 years ago. My parents never approved. Until […]

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Zombie by Day, Owl by Night–Why sleeping preference may be problematic for your waistline.

February 19, 2013

Ever wonder where the terms lark and night owl came from? If you were to ask someone whether or not they would prefer to wake up at 6 AM, it’s likely they will answer with a definitive yes or no. This difference in sleep preference has to do with what scientists call our biological clock. […]

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Heavily Ever After? Living Together and Its Links to Obesity

February 12, 2013

Whether or not we are single or hitched, as Valentine’s Day approaches, the many couples around us often become more apparent.  We may start to pay closer attention to couples holding hands, gazing into one another’s eyes, and looking hopelessly in love. The singles often begin to resent their solo status just a little bit […]

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Media: Friend or Foe?

October 16, 2012

This weeks post is focusing on the media and their role in promoting obesity and weight stigma. Have you ever noticed that in almost all weight loss campaigns the models are skinny, tan, and gorgeous? They promote unrealistic images of what the male and female body should look like, and ironically, they are typical in […]

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Programmed for Obesity?

October 9, 2012

Part two of my series on obesity, focusing on food additives. Sure, as a nation we are overeating and not exercising nearly enough. But is the balance of calories in (consumption) and calories out (exercise) the only equation to reach and maintain a healthy weight? Well, the answer to that is “it depends”. At one […]

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Video Games Will Rot Your Brain: Getting Even With Mom (12 Years Later)

September 27, 2012

When I was younger, video games were often a point of contention in my house. In the battle between homework and video games, my older brothers and I were in favor of the games, our mother significantly less so.  In her opinion, my algebra homework was more likely to be relevant later in life than […]

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Childhood obesity and one big, fat (stigma) problem

March 9, 2012

Take a moment and think about what words and thoughts you conjure up in your head when you read these words: “obesity,” “overweight,” or “fat.” Did any of these words pop in your head?

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This is Your Brain on Obesity

February 14, 2012

A couple decades ago it was hardly an issue, but now obesity affects 1 of every 3 adults in the United States.  There are multiple camps within the obesity world.  Some believe obesity is simply an issue of too many calories.  If obese people were to simply eat less they would no longer have a […]

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Pretty NEAT–Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis

February 14, 2012

No time to hit the gym today?  Consider getting your NEAT on instead.  NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, refers to the energy (calories) that a person expends by simply engaging in activities of daily life.  Shuffling a few steps from your desk to the water cooler is considered NEAT, as is standing up during the […]

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The Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Reducing Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

February 6, 2012

The Soda Tax, or what we Midwesterners like to call the “Pop Tax”, has been in the headlines over the past few years as a way of reducing consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages while also providing tax income to help pay for the cost of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Well it’s back in the headlines. The […]

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Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise

January 30, 2012

As obesity and unhealthy eating rises, we are seeing the rates of type 2 diabetes rise. Unfortunately, our remedies have been slow to counteract the increase in this disease, mostly because it is a disease that develops from years of unhealthy behaviors, behaviors that are difficult to change. Most recently, Paula Deen has announced that […]

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